GRAY DAYS 2

As promised, back with a little more black and gray. Before I got to this:

I started with these:

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I like this simple sweater for everyday wear:

So I used it in a casual, comfortable, warm outfit. Great for “running-around days” if the weather is chilly.

To conclude my “Gray Days” series, here is a recap of the outfits I tried on, and the outfits I decided were keepers. What do you think?

The NO’S:

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The MAYBES:

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The KEEPERS:

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All this gray and black has put me in the mood for some COLOR! I might just have to start working on styling my red pants.  See you next time. THANKS SO MUCH for reading!

It is beyond my pay grade to figure out how to number the outfits, but would love to hear your opinions. If you think any outfit should be moved to a different category, just do your best to describe it, and tell me what you think.

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GRAY DAYS

Hello! I am still in my “gray mode.”  As I told you last time, I spent awhile trying on some variations of black and gray to see if I could come up with any keepers.

In my usual spirit of “I don’t mind humiliating myself if it helps you,” I will let you see some of my try-ons.  Where should I start? Okay, how about this total fail? I knew it probably wouldn’t work, but for some reason, I just had to try it anyway. Please don’t try this at home 😉

And here’s another baddie:

It usually takes more than a couple of bad outfits to discourage me, so I soldiered on:

For some reason, I just kept going with this dress. Here is everything I tried:

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Not really a keeper in the bunch. I finally came up with one I might actually wear, but then again, probably not. I am thinking this dress is maybe not the most flattering in the world.

Sooo….I then found another gray dress in the back of my closet. I have had it for several years, and have never worn it, so thought I would see what I could do.

You know that I am not going to leave it like this. 😉  So guess what I added????

Surprise!

Thanks for reading. I will be back next time with a few more shades of gray. 😉

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NEVER QUIT TRYING

Today I would like to talk about trying. The dictionary definition of try is:

  1. To make an effort to do or accomplish (something), attempt
  2. To taste, sample, or otherwise test in order to determine strength, effect, worth, or desirability

Both definitions are important. I believe that when you stop trying, you start dying. No  matter what our age or circumstance, we should continually try to be kinder, try to eat better, try to learn new skills, try to understand others, etc., etc., etc.

Haven’t you known people who just seem to sit in a chair and wait for their lives to wind down? I have, and it is the saddest thing in the world to me. There are so many things to learn and to do in this world, and I hope I never decide that I am too old or too tired to try something new.

In a fashion sense, I see this every day. I see people who look like they don’t try at all; in fact, I would say that a large percentage of the people I see in public look like they got dressed without any thought at all of what they look like. They wear what is comfortable, or what is clean, or what is familiar. I am not talking about people who can’t afford to dress well…I am talking about people who just really don’t seem to care what they look like. Maybe at some point in their lives, they tried, but for some reason they no longer do.

One of the reasons I started doing this blog was to encourage people who did want to try, but didn’t know how to start. I thought maybe if they saw someone who was trying, they might see how the process works, and give it a try for themselves.

If you are a regular reader, you know that most of what I do is TRY. I have no qualifications for writing about fashion. I just decided one day that I would TRY to look better, and every blog post is just about that.

The second part of the definition says: to taste, sample, or otherwise test in order to  determine strength, effect, worth, or desirability

That is what I do when I try things on and take pictures. I am testing to see if the outfit I have in my mind will be desirable to wear. As you know, not all are!

YES, it takes a bit of effort, and NO, they are not all desirable to wear, but I would not know what looks good and what doesn’t if I didn’t TRY, so to me it is worth it.

I have been working on some black and gray outfits, so here are the first few I tried on in my room:

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I like for my “official blog photos” to be outside in natural light (even though the sun does not always cooperate) 😉  so here is how the charcoal vest outfit came out:

And here is a different belt with the black:

So there you have my version of trying for today. I’ll be back next time with some more. Thanks for reading, and KEEP TRYING!  🙂  🙂

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HAPPY THANKSGIVING

Just a quick post to wish all of my American readers a very Happy Thanksgiving! Here is what I am wearing on the first day of our visit to spend time with family.

I will post again on my regular day (Sunday) with some try-ons and experiments for winter outfits. Hint–you will see some more black and gray. 😉

Hope you all have as much to be thankful for as I do. See you soon!

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NO COLOR 2

After all I said about wearing bright colors, you get two posts in a row with black and white outfits!  Some weeks I just don’t have time to experiment, try stuff on, and take photos, so you will just have to see what I actually wore this week, and what I managed to snap quick photos of.

Same velvety pants from last time, but this time with a casual jacket.

I did try one thing, however. In my last post one of my readers asked about what kind of handbag I would use, so I thought I would try out my new brightly colored purse with my plain back sweater. I got the idea for a pumpkin purse from Julia, who is one of my favorite bloggers. She featured her new purse in several posts. Here is a link to the first time she showed it.

   

The purse is not really quite as yellow as it appears in the photo. The black sweater, by the way, is an old (very old) one, but I love the pointed hem, and wish I could find something similar in other colors.

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14 OUTFITS Part 3

In my last two posts, I gave you a glimpse of the outfits I plan to wear on our two- week tour of Scotland and Ireland. Let’s take a break from my “bus clothes” and look at what I am taking to wear if and when we go out in the evenings. I am only taking one dress, so don’t be expecting too much. LOL

Here is my basic black dress with several various accompaniments:

I decided I should take leggings since I saw recent pictures of friends on vacation in London all bundled up in coats.

Showing you this so you will know I will always have something attached to me that has my passport. 😉   Will probably forget the necklace. Just seems a bit much.

And just so you know, these shoes are BLACK and WHITE, but in photographs they look navy. After seeing these picture, I am going to call them my BLACK OR BLUE shoes and wear them with either color.

Don’t know that I will wear any of these, but if we have dinner in a great Irish castle, I will not have to wear my jeans. 😉

After I took these photos, I did decide to take another knit dress also. You will just have to wait to see my vacation photos to see what I actually wore.   😉

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14 OUTFITS Part 2

Today I am continuing my series on packing for a tour to Scotland and Ireland. We are only allowed to take one suitcase plus a backpack, so I am thinking carefully about what to take.

In my first post, I showed you my army green pants. In this post, I am showing you my jeans outfits. Remember that this is a “casual and comfortable” trip…not packing a lot of jewelry and accessories….just don’t want to be the frumpiest one on the bus  😉

Since I am on the subject of packing, I will tell you that one of the best purchases I have ever made for travel is lightweight luggage. I first bought the 20 inch size, and later added the larger one for longer trips. They have four wheels and are very easy to maneuver.

Skyway Luggage Mirage Superlight 28-Inch 4 Wheel Expandable Upright, Black, One Size

 

 

Skyway Luggage Mirage Ultralite 20-Inch 4 Wheel Expandable Carry-On, Maritime Blue, One Size

 

I bought the bright blue color. The smaller one only weighs 5 pounds! I compared this to a similar-size suitcase that I had, and it weighed 9 pounds!! Really makes a difference when you are hauling it around a lot, or when you are packing it full….means I can pack 4 or 5 pounds more of clothing,shoes or souvenirs, and still not be overweight for flying.

I’ll be back next time with some more travel outfits. See you then!

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14 OUTFITS FOR 14 DAYS

You already know how much I love to travel, and I feel so fortunate to be at the age and stage of life where I have the opportunity to do it fairly often. Happily, my husband also likes to travel, and is very good at surprising me with trips.  🙂 We will be leaving soon on a two-week tour of Scotland and Ireland! So excited, because this trip has been at the top of my wish list for years.

We both enjoy being on bus tours where everything is taken care of for us, and we have knowledgeable tour guides all along the way; that way we don’t wander around aimlessly and wonder what in the heck we are looking at. Plus we both tend to get lost easily, and for sure would be in trouble driving on the opposite side of the road!

OF COURSE, you know that I will have all my outfits planned ahead of time. I have often told you that I have so much more fun when the stress of trying to decide what to wear is removed. I spent the afternoon putting outfits together, so thought I would do a series of posts to show you how I pack for a two-week trip.

I plan to take four pairs of pants, 1 dress, and 12 or 13 tops, some sweaters, scarves, and belts, plus silver necklace, gold necklace, and 3 pairs of earrings. Will limit underwear and sleepwear to the minimum and wash out a couple of times in the hotel. Oh, and will also take black leggings to wear with the dress if it is cool.

Will also need a jacket and raingear because the weather can be unpredictable. I would like to get by with 2 pairs of shoes, but could only manage to narrow it down to 5 pairs…. black Nikes, blue Nikes, black flats, blue flats, and black and white striped flats.  Just need a choice depending on how much walking we are doing on any particular day.

I have already told you that I am a rumbler, so I am really trying to keep clothing and accessories to a minimum. I don’t want to constantly be rumbling in my suitcase, especially since we will be in a different hotel almost every night, so can’t really unpack.

I don’t remember if I have posted about my index cards before, but I actually make cards which tell me what to wear. HaHa….kind of like what you would optimistically send to camp with your child…

An example of what I put on a card would be something like this:

Light colored jeans, black skinny shirt, black and white striped top, silver necklace, silver earrings, black Crocs

Laugh if you want to….I laugh at myself! I most certainly don’t take any of this too seriously. Just don’t want to see vacation photos of ugly or unflattering outfits, like my lumberjack look that I rocked in Alaska. LOL

This will definitely be the kind of trip where comfort is king, so will plan to take comfortable and casual clothing. Remember, we will either be on a bus or walking around tourist sites for most of the trip.

If you are a new reader, you can check out my previous packing post here .

For the first post in this series, here are the outfits I will wear with my army green pants:

Had to show you my backpack. It will be with me every day!

And here is the hoodie that I am taking since the weather is predicted to be cool.

The shoes are tried and true and very comfy, but will probably wear Nikes if we are doing much walking. The good thing about the black Crocs, though is that they are waterproof, so if it is really rainy will wear those.

I call the black outfit at the top of the page my traveling clothes, because it is a very comfortable outfit for a long plane ride, and won’t show dirt that much. 😉

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IN THE NAVY

My post today is all about Old Navy dresses. I was so happy last fall to find that Old Navy had a great selection of very flattering dresses WITH SLEEVES. That may sound silly, but for several years it was hard to find a dress that wasn’t sleeveless. As you know, I worked around that quite nicely with my large collection of colored cardigans 😉 but sometimes, I just want to wear a dress without a sweater or jacket, and I don’t really like wearing sleeveless dresses…especially in the winter. That being said, I thought it would be fun to post pictures of all the Old Navy dresses in my closet. Yes, I am wearing some of them with a top piece, but I don’t have to, in most cases.

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So, if you have not tried the Old Navy dresses yet, I would suggest that you do so! They usually come in regular or petite, and go on sale often. Let me know if have any luck.

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JUST IN CASE

One of my “fashion rules” is to be prepared to go somewhere without having to go shopping for an outfit at the last minute. In the past, I would panic when we got an invitation to an event that I did not have the proper clothing for. Especially when the children were small, it was very difficult to find time (or money) to shop, and as the day of the event grew closer, I would feel more and more stressed, and usually ended up buying something that I didn’t necessarily like,that cost more than I wanted to pay, just because I had to have something to wear.

Almost everyone will at some point will need to attend a wedding or a funeral. And there are other occasions that require something other than normal everyday clothing, such as a cocktail party, a charity event, garden party, or some other special occasion.

We don’t attend a lot of dressy events, but I do like to know that if something does come up, I can just be excited about attending, and not have to stress out over what to wear.

Both of these outfits were very inexpensive…the dress was $16.00, the pants were $8.00, and the lace top was $14.00. The shoes were also less than $20, AND they are comfortable!

So, I have at least a couple of outfits already put together that are dressier than what I usually wear. Now all I need is an invitation!   By the way, we are free this weekend. 😉

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